Today we rely largely on cell phones and the internet to communicate, connect with friends and family, and share the latest TikTok dances. Keeping in touch wasn’t always this easy. Take your class on an Unruly adventure back to the turn of the 19th century to learn about the early days of modern communication with the latest Unruly Morse Code Activity Pack!
The early telegraph was a big machine designed to transmit messages using 26 electrical wires. It was unwieldy and difficult to use.
Samuel Morse, born in Charleston, Massachusetts, was a painter and scientist who took an interest in the telegraph and set out to work with colleagues, Leonard Gale and Alfred Vail, to improve its functionality. Together, they were able to reduce the unwieldy bundle of wires down to just one. To transmit messages across the single-wire telegraph, Morse and Vail created a system that would come to be known as Morse Code. The code assigned numbers and letters in the alphabet to a series of dots and dashes based on frequency of use. Letters used often, such as “E”, got a shorter code, while letters used less frequently, such as “Q”, had a more complex code. Operators were able to hear and interpret the code by listening to the sequence of clicks in the receiver and then translate the messages for the recipient. Use of the telegraph expanded rapidly with people eager to send messages quickly across long distances and were made more accessible as lines extended along railroad routes that began to crisscross the country.
SOS is an internationally recognized distress single established using Morse code. The letters have no meaning, but were chosen because they are easily communicated. The letter “S” is three dots and the letter “O” is three dashes.
Take learning a step further by creating your own Morse code with your virtual Splats! Our latest activity pack will walk you through introducing Morse code through 4 unruly lessons to get students coding funny messages to share with Crash, our supersleuth gorilla. These are great for middle school level and don’t require physical Splats.
Each activity features a handy dandy video tutorial to help everyone follow along. Get students coding in no time Splat!
If you’re interested in learning more about using the Splats app to get coding - look no further! Our latest webinar walks you through everything you need to know to get started with the Morse Code activity pack and begin coding and decoding messages with the Splats app. No physical Splats required!
This webinar will review three quick easy ways to explore:
Time for supersleuths everywhere to create morse code messages and crack the code! Share your results with us and bring a little unruliness to your students with our unique, fun, and completely interactive set of materials.